Trying to get the rent proved dangerous this morning for one Toronto landlord. Tonight the man is in hospital after being hit in the head a number of times by an axe wielding tenant.
According to Constable Tony Vella, Toronto Police, the victim was at his tenant's residence around 8:50 a.m. this morning in the Dundas Street West and Bloor Street West area when he was attacked with an axe.
That attack resulted in the victim being taken to hospital with serious injuries.
Police located a suspect nearby armed with a hatchet.
Rallin Edward Lawes, 64, has been charged with attempted murder. He will appear in court tomorrow morning.
According to the Toronto Sun Lawes killed a roommate with a machete in Parkdale twenty years ago.
On June 17, 1992 the body of Carlton Alexander Palmer was found by Toronto Police at a rooming house on Spencer Avenue after Lawes called from a phone booth about the murder.
Lawes was charged with second degree murder in the death. During the trial it was revealed that Lawes had suffered from mental illness for at least ten years and was on medication. That medication did not take away paranoid concerns according to Psychiatrist Angus McDonald.
While Justice David Watt found that Lawes did kill Palmer and had intended to do so he was too ill to understand the consequences of his actions. He was found not guilty by reason of insanity and sent to Penetanguishene Mental Health Centre. It is not known how long Lawes has been released from care.